You are exactly right Jenny!
I’ve never had insurance since I’ve been dx’d, and always felt I should be testing before and after EACH meal, as well as upon rising and before bed) so that I could learn how different foods affected my BG. Once I got that all down, I slacked off of the testing, uless I ate something new or just wasn’t feeling “right”.
Once on insulin, I upped my testing again - 8 to 12 times a day. Essential when one begins taking insulin anyway. Again, a learning experience. How the insulin affected me, as well as how foods affected me with taking the insulin. I’ve again slacked off on that, and test usually 4 to 6 times a day. Sometimes less. I now know pretty well how the insulin works with my body, and how I “feel”, I pretty much know if I’m in good range or not. Sometimes I am off tho! I do know to test more often, when I’ve decided to eating something loaded with carbs, especially if I’m having to “guestimate” how many carbs are in that meal (usually restraunt eating), therefore guestimating how much insulin to take.
Anywho … I’ve had to endure the ACTUAL cost of test strips, which is NOT cheap by any means!! But thankfully there is eBay, where I can get them at about 1/2 price of purchasing them at the pharmacies!
I still feel, that even if one DOES have insurance, and they (ins. company) don’t allow you the amount of test strips you ACTUALLY need, then purchase more with your own money! Yes, it’s expensive, but it is also VERY worth it! You’ll have a MUCH better idea of what your BG’s REALLY are, than with only 2 tests per day!
I take 4u for 40g carbs (1:10 ratio). I too, don’t think this is a huge amount, especially if I’m “supposed” to have insulin resistance. I do take metformin (1000mg 2x daily) as well, but doc never mentioned it was for IR, but that it was to help with the weight gain that insulin often causes (so much for that anyway! LOL). Which is why I’m wondering if I’m not actually T1.5 instead of T2!? Have to have the tests (C-Peptide & GAD) done to know this for sure though, and plan on it as soon as I can afford it or I have insurance.
I know of some T1’s that take Metformin, to help with insulin resitance too. If it helps their control, I’d say that would probably depend upon if they have insulin resistance or not. shrugs